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Kathi Anderson

IRCT Representative

Executive Director, Survivors of Torture International, San Diego, CA

In 1997, Kathi Anderson co-founded Survivors of Torture, International and is currently its Executive Director. She is the elected North American representative and Executive Committee member of the Denmark-based International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims. Every day, she is reminded that it is not only an honor working with dedicated professionals in this field but also of the significant impact we are making in the lives of our clients and in our greater communities.

Additionally, she serves as the Vice-Chair of the California State Advisory Council on Refugee Services and Assistance. Kathi volunteers on the advisory boards of the Barbara Chester Award Committee of the Hopi Foundation, San Diego State University’s School of Social Work and University of the Pacific’s School of International Studies. Previously, she served on the national boards of directors of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service and Amnesty International USA.

Her past employment includes Licensed Professional Counselor in private practice, Evaluator at Grossmont Hospital, Adjunct Faculty in the College of Idaho’s Graduate Program, Director of Elks Hospital’s Occupational and Rehabilitation Department and Refugee Resettlement Case Worker for the International Rescue Committee. Kathi holds a M.A. in Counseling from San Jose State University and a B.A. in International Relations from the University of the Pacific.

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